For a while, Texas was the hotbed of academic reform. A few regents, at least, were serious about improving faculty productivity, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation pushed for better data. But the bold move of publishing faculty salaries and workloads elicited angry feedback.
Now the University of Texas system (Texas has several public higher-ed systems, but this is the leading one) seems to be settling back into the normal torpor.
But I don’t see any teeth in the document that the regents adopted. Evaluations will be the following: “exceeds expectations, meets expectations, does not meet expectations, and unsatisfactory.” The criteria for dismissal are “incompetence, neglect of duty, or other good cause,” but that is not anything new — and dismissal must follow “remediation,” anyway.
The document goes on to say: “Individuals whose performance is unsatisfactory for two consecutive annual reviews may be subject to a comprehensive review.” On the other hand, as far as I can see, they may not be.